New study reveals late night snacking tied to diabetes, heart disease risk

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New study reveals late night snacking tied to diabetes, heart disease risk

Are you fond of munching into some snacks late in the night? According to a latest study, this habit of yours may put you in the risk of heart diseases and diabetes by raising levels of harmful blood fats. The findings are published in the journal Experimental Physiology, said those in the shift-based job could be at a significantly higher risk.

Shift work leads people eating their meals at the wrong time of day, which could make them vulnerable to several health risks. The findings also revealed that jet lag or simply standing up late in the night can also stir up midnight hunger pangs.

The study was conducted on lab rats, when they ate at the start of their rest period there was a dramatic spike in triglycerides, compared to being fed just before they became active. Triglycerides are a kind of blood fats produced in the liver and its main sources are meat, dairy products and cooking oils.

These fats when consumed in excess can also clog arteries, leading to cardiovascular disease, or inflame the pancreas, triggering diabetes. People with high levels of triglycerides in their blood are also on a greater risk to develop heart problems. Change in circadian rhythm or ‘body clock’ is often the culprit of inducing untimely hunger pangs thereby inviting many health risk, noted the study

Cardiovascular disease and diabetes are often closely linked to the biological clock, but humans tend to ignore the signs and eat in the evening and late at night, without taking into account its consequences. A routine which is out of sync with our 24-hour cycle may result in high blood fat levels – and thus a higher risk for illness.

Source: NDTV